Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 30, 2020



Minerva Neurosciences, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-36517   26-0784194

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


1601 Trapelo Road

Suite 286

Waltham, MA

(Address of principal executive offices)



(Zip Code)

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code): (617) 600-7373

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class


Trading Symbol(s)


Name of each exchange on which

Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share   NERV   The Nasdaq Global Market

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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On June 30, 2020, Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. (the “Company”) exercised its right to opt out of the co-development and license agreement for seltorexant (as amended, the “License Agreement”) with Janssen Pharmaceutica, N.V. (“Janssen”) as contemplated by that certain Settlement Agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with Janssen dated June 24, 2020, which became effective upon exercise of the opt out, pursuant to which the Company and Janssen resolved certain disputes under License Agreement.

Under the Settlement Agreement, the Company agreed not to assert that Decision Point 4 (as defined in the License Agreement) has not been reached, Janssen waived the requirement that opt-out occur after Decision Point 4 in order for the Company to receive a royalty on sales of seltorexant after opt-out, and the Company and Janssen agreed to waive any payments to the other with respect to development costs for seltorexant. As a result of the exercise of its right to opt out of the License Agreement with Janssen, the License Agreement is deemed to have been terminated effective as of October 2, 2019.

The foregoing description of the Settlement Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, reference to the Settlement Agreement, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.


Item 1.02

Other Events.

The disclosure set forth in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K to the extent required by this Item 1.02 is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 8.01

Other Events.

On July 1, 2020, the Company issued a press release reporting that it has exercised its right to opt out of the License Agreement with Janssen and that, as a result, the Company will now collect a royalty on worldwide sales of seltorexant in the mid-single digits, with no financial obligations to Janssen.

A copy of the above referenced press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.



99.1    Press Release, dated July 1, 2020.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


By:   /s/ Geoffrey Race
Name:   Geoffrey Race
Title:   Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer

Date:    July 1, 2020

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